Wednesday, April 3, 2013

home: whimsical spring mantel

The Spring mantel concept has been in my head for months. I'm so glad that I put my big girl pants on this past weekend and got this done!! Introducing the whimsical IHB Spring mantel:

First, the DIY pinwheels are hand-me-downs from my friend's engagement party and her sister made each one herself. I couldn't let her throw them away so I happily gave them a good home and another purpose in this world.

The boxes were born this weekend. With my new roommate - the miter saw - and the inspirational tutorial from Shanty 2 Chic, I easily created the boxes. Here's my recipe for three boxes at 2 feet long:
  • 1 - 2x4 "stud" at 8 feet long (I'm very new to the wood terms)
  • 2 - 1x6x4 whitewood boards
Here are the cutting instructions:

I'm not going to bore you with the details on how to make these so make sure you visit Shanty 2 Chic for complete instructions. I did stain the wood with Minwax Wood Finish in Ebony from Home Depot (as seen on this week's DIY frame).

To hold up the pinwheels, I picked up three styrofoam blocks from Dollar Tree and cut each one into 4 triangles blocks (1). There was no need to secure the styrofoam to the boxes - just sit them in there (2).

I used toothpicks to hold up the pinwheels like so:

Just a few tweaks here and there and they all went into the right place. This mantel needs nothing more! And later, I can repurpose the boxes for flowers, centerpieces, toiletries or as gifts!

a big thank you to Shanty 2 Chic for the box inspiration and to Pugly Pixel for the washi tape graphics.

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  1. LOVE!!! Looks so great with your wall, well coordinated. This idea would make great wedding/party decor.

    Extremely impressed with your box making skills. You are still my hero!

  2. Absolutely love the look - even though I'm biased :-) What a fun way to brighten the room - and reuse the pinwheels!

  3. What cute pinwheels!! And the can be used for so many things. I can see this is just the beginning of fun on the mantel!

  4. Really cute idea! I would not have been able to throw them out either!

  5. That is very cute! I love all the colors and patterns, so pretty! I think they turned out great.
    Saw you on Bloom Designs Online :)

  6. I am featuring you as a co-host for Ginger Snap Crafts Wow Me Wednesday Link party. I love what you did!

    Emily @

  7. This is so pretty! Perfect for spring! I love your color/pattern choices!

  8. Shared this as a feature on my blog today for the #biggestblogpartyever So glad to have you link up!! ADORE your mantel!

  9. This is so adorable! I'll have to look for some how to make a pinwheel tutorials and give this a try!

  10. Very cute! I think it would work for summer as well. What fabulous pinwheels and I love the boxes you created as well!
    Thanks for sharing,
    Krista @thehappyhousie

  11. These are so cute! I think I just might have to make me one of these boxes! Thanks for sharing.

  12. I've made these pinwheels also and I LOVE THEM. I love the pretty papers they were made from, too. Very special. Please come and link them to What to do Weekends Party also. Amazing and wonderful and a little whimsical which in my book is wonderful! Linda

  13. How cute! It must have taken you FOREVER to make all of those adorable pinwheels! Pinning for later (perhaps next spring?)

    I would love it if you would link up at Martha Mondays, open now through Wednesday night!


  14. This looks adorable!! I would love for you to share at my Tasty Thursdays linky party and GIVEAWAY. Going on until Sunday. Hope to see you there and spread the word!! Thanks, Nichi - The Mandatory Mooch

  15. Perfect:) Love everything about it. Thanks for sharing at the Cabin.

  16. This is soooooo precious! What a great way to welcome spring! Thank you for sharing at Monday Funday! Pinning! ;) Bonnie @ Uncommon Designs

  17. I still just love this idea. Thanks for linking up to my Tasty Thursdays party. This post will be FEATURED this week. A new party will be live tonight!! Thanks, Nichi